Robert Griffin III: Does Big Game Today Give RG3 Heisman Edge?

Dr. SECAnalyst IIDecember 3, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears passes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Today there will be several teams that will take the field hoping to impress voters and bowl committees. How they play will directly affect what type of bowl game invitation they will get.

At the same time, there is at least one Heisman hopeful who is hoping to leave a strong final impression on the mind of the Heisman voters.

Robert Griffin III has completed 252-of-347 passes for 3,678 yards and 34 touchdowns to only five interceptions going into his final regular season game.

Baylor is 8-3, and for that football program it's like being undefeated. In the three games that the Bears lost, Griffin was still great. He averaged over 400 yards passing and had nine touchdowns even in his three defeats.

His Heisman moment was against then-No. 5 Oklahoma, where he passed for 479 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

This week will not be easy for Griffin and the Baylor Bears as they will host the Texas Longhorns. Texas has had another disappointing season, but they are ninth in the nation in total defense and first in the Big 12 in every major defensive team stat, including total yards, scoring, rushing defense and passing defense.

The Longhorns are only allowing 201.9 yards passing per game. Baylor, on the other hand, has passed for over 400 yards four times this season and over 300 yards eight times.

How good has the Texas pass defense been? They have only allowed 11 passing touchdowns all season long.

If Griffin can have a big game and lead Baylor to their first 10-win season since 1980 his stock could rise dramatically.

Last season Griffin led the Bears to a 30-22 win over Texas in Austin. It was Baylor’s first win at Texas since 1991. Grifffin passed for 219 yards and had three total touchdowns.

Can Griffin top those numbers and lead Baylor to another win? Time will tell.

I wrote an article earlier this week encouraging voters to only vote Griffin and Trent Richardson in their top two ballot spots.

This is important because many voters are likely to vote in Andrew Luck because of the name recognition and overall talent. However, on the field Griffin has been the most dominating quarterback in the game.

It is not that Luck isn’t a great player; he is. However, Stanford rarely asked him to be great.

Griffin, on the other hand, had to be great for Baylor to win games. He is the heart of this team, and without him they’re mediocre.

Many Heisman voters tend to migrate to either running backs or quarterbacks. For Griffin to have a shot at the Heisman he will need to persuade many of the Luck supporters.

It will be the No. 9 defense against the nation’s top quarterback—the reward could be a Heisman trophy.